God Hates Pride
God hates pride because He loves people -- and pride prevents people from receiving help from God.
PROVERBS 8:13 NKJ
13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.
AMOS 6:8 NKJ
8 The Lord God has sworn by Himself, the Lord God of hosts says: "I abhor the pride of Jacob, and hate his palaces; therefore I will deliver up the city and all that is in it."
Pride Is The Root Of All Sin
Pride is the most serious, and the most subtle, sin. It often is not even recognized as existing.
Pride is the root of all sin. It causes us to turn away from God instead of turning to Him. All disobedience has pride as its root. All rebellion has pride behind it. All mistreatment of other people is caused by pride: someone putting their self and their feelings above the other person and their feelings.
Pride Is Evil
MARK 7:20-23 NKJ
20 And He said, "What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.
21 "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22 "thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.
23 "All these evil things come from within and defile a man."
1 JOHN 2:16 NKJ
16 For all that is in the world -- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life -- is not of the Father but is of the world.
The world system promotes people who are proud, and often gives them great riches. God says pride is evil and defiles a man.
Pride Prevents People Receiving
PSALM 10:4 NKJ
4 The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.
Pride causes people to go their own way instead of God's way. Pride makes you think you do not need God's advice or help.
JAMES 4:6 NKJ
6 . . ."God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
Only by faith in God can we receive God's blessings. Pride is faith in yourself. Faith in God is not faith in yourself.
Pride Causes People Trouble
PROVERBS 11:2 NKJ
2 When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom.
PROVERBS 16:18-19 NKJ
18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
PROVERBS 29:23 NKJ
23 A man's pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.
Manifestations Of Pride
* Neglecting The Bible & Prayer
You may think you do not read the Bible more because you are so busy. The root problem is pride: you think you can make it without God's Word. Those who neglect prayer have the same root problem -- they think they can make it without God.
Pride and prayer are inverse. A proud person does not pray much, and a praying person is not bothered much with pride.
* Inability To Admit You Are Wrong
A proud person blames someone else -- the fault is never theirs! And, they refuse to admit anything they are doing could be a failure.
* Not Submitting To Authority
1 PETER 5:5 NKJ
5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
A proud person thinks they should do things their way, instead of going by what anyone else has to say.
* Know-it-all Attitude
1 CORINTHIANS 8:2 NKJ
2 And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.
* Not Acting On God's Word
If we do not act on God's Word we are acting on the word of someone else, thereby placing ourselves above God.
An example of this is people who do not worship God with their tithe, and who neglect giving. While they may think they cannot afford it, their root problem is pride: thinking they can make it on their own.
* Criticizing Others
Anyone who criticizes another person considers they are superior to that person. They also think they are qualified to judge another human being (which they are not).
* Thinking You Are Better Than Others
You are not better than anyone -- just different in some ways. True, you may be superior to some people in some ways, but every one of them is superior to you in at least one way. Every one of them knows something you do not. And, there are many people superior to you in many ways.
1 CORINTHIANS 4:7 NKJ
7 For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you glory as if you had not received it?
* Being Overly Busy
Being overly busy can be a manifestation of being proud. Some people think they have to do everything themselves because no one else could do it as well -- that is pride -- and can certainly keep someone very busy. Continual busyness -- even in the ministry -- is usually a sign of pride.
Dictionary Definition Of Pride
Webster's Eighth New Collegiate Dictionary gives these meanings:
* arrogant: exaggerating or disposed to exaggerate one's own worth or importance in an overbearing manner
* arrogance: a feeling of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or presumptuous claims
* pride: inordinate self-esteem; conceit
(Note on proud) Synonyms: arrogant, haughty, overbearing, disdainful. . . . showing or feeling superiority toward others.
What Causes Pride?
These things invite, bring, or produce pride. But we do not have to receive it!
1 CORINTHIANS 8:1 NKJ
1 Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.
* Natural attributes: beauty, intelligence, talent.
EZEKIEL 28:17 NKJ
17 "Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you.
* Prosperity or successful accomplishment.
1 TIMOTHY 6:17 NKJ
17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
* Spiritual power: supernatural miracles.
When God's power flows through you ministering to others, or God gives mighty answers to your prayers -- remember God is the Great One -- not you.
1 TIMOTHY 3:6 NKJ
6 not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.
Pride is associated with being a novice. This implies that with experience people should be less susceptible to pride. It further implies people will fail a lot -- what else but failure could cure us of pride?
Difference Between Pride And Faith
Interestingly, faith is mistaken for pride or arrogance by some people. Both can cause a person to be bold and confident. How can you tell the difference?
* The focus of the person's speech and how they treat other people.
If their speech focuses on themselves, or another human, it is pride. If it is on God, it is faith. The other outward actions may be similar, but the speech will be different.
The person in faith will have spent much time in the Word of God and prayer.
A proud person treats other people with indifference -- only using them.
The person of faith will walk in love -- because faith works by love. The person of faith will honor and prefer the other person above their own self.
Is it possible to have a mixture? Certainly! As Christians we are being perfected and changed into the image of Jesus Christ -- but none of us have arrived yet!
So, yes, some people who are walking in faith may manifest some measure of pride in some areas, and vice-versa.
EZEKIEL 16:49-50 NKJ
49 "Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
50 "And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit.
God did not destroy the city of Sodom just because of its sexual perversion -- Ezekiel lists pride first among the reasons.
A Proud King
DANIEL 5:18-23 NKJ
18 "O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom and majesty, glory and honor.
19 "And because of the majesty that He gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. Whomever he wished, he executed; whomever he wished, he kept alive; whomever he wished, he set up; and whomever he wished, he put down.
20 "But when his heart was lifted up, and his spirit was hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him.
21 "Then he was driven from the sons of men, his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. They fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till he knew that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men, and appoints over it whomever He chooses.
22 "But you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, although you knew all this.
23 "And you have lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven. They have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you and your lords, your wives and your concubines, have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, which do not see or hear or know; and the God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways, you have not glorified.
Anyone being tempted with pride should read the account of Nebuchadnezzar -- ruler of the known world. After God taught him a lesson, he made the following statement.
DANIEL 4:37 NKJ
37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to abase.
Do Not Pick Proud Leaders
1 TIMOTHY 3:2,3,6 NKJ
2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;
3 not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;
6 not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.
Why would a novice be more apt to fall with pride? Surely, lack of failure can be the only answer. Experience shows us that we can be wrong. This should cause us to always look to God for His help and direction.
Pride is an error that shows a lack of understanding of the true facts. Pride shows ignorance. But, pride is never permanent!
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